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A French director's attempt to wake us up with black humor and lies?,
This review is from: Rubber (DVD)
The film's central plot is this: the on-screen audience is starved and then brutally murdered (poisoned with a turkey) after being distracted by an absurdest monster flick that plays out before them like a B movie on the nearby desert. This carefully planned slaughter stands in contrast to the chaotic rampage of Robert the Tire.
Does this slaying of average Americans happen for "no reason" as the opening monologue would have us believe? Or is the French writer/director pointing out that some Americans will gladly allow themselves to be poisoned (by trashy GMO food, for instance) as long as they are happily distracted by some kind of entertainment, no matter how bizarre, absurd or meaningless?
Having lived in Europe during the 90s, when GMO products were developed, and having seen how Europe refused, repeatedly, to import them, until forced to do so by the WTO--and still they found ways to get around the injunction, and only recently, France managed to ban yet another GM food--I remember the anger that Europeans of all countries felt toward average Americans--BECAUSE WE WEREN'T PAYING ATTENTION. Just as the on-screen audience in this film isn't paying attention to the true actions and motives of their officials, we allowed our industries to develop bizarre food technology and we then allowed our government to force it upon the world without adequate studies of health and environmental consequences.
So although everyone seems to think that this is a happy-go-lucky farcical and witty film based upon the "principle" of "no reason", I believe that hidden in this film is the wide-spread European criticism of the average American, too engrossed in what is seen on the screen (or the desert), and too naively accepting of what they are told (in this case, that they should look for "no reason"), to bother to look for reasons, and to be aware of what their own industries and government are doing to them and to others.
The writer/director of the great documentary "The World According to Monsanto" is also French ;-).
I have given this film 5 stars because it is at its core a serious film, done with glorious black humor. It's not for everyone, that's for sure. If I had not had quirky sons with a sophisticated taste in film, I would never have understood or liked it.
But when you watch the beginning of the film, think of this: perhaps you are not meant to believe what the speaker says, just because he is wearing a badge. Perhaps you are meant to understand that he is offering a scam, right from the get-go, and with very dark motives.
Perhaps the director is pointing out that many of our officials (in all the alphabet organizations) take advantage of our tendency to believe whatever they say.
So, rather than taking the opening monologue at face value, consider whether the director might actually be pointing out questions that should be earnestly asked and their answers remembered--for loving and cherishing one another is what sustains us, and a keen understanding of political corruption is essential for the survival of freedom.
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Initial post: Nov 14, 2012 2:41:22 PM PST
Honestly, I feel you're reading too far into it. . .
Each of the 'audience' represents a stereotype of the generic film festival crowd. It's pretty much poking fun at the intended audience of this film.
Though maybe I'm not reading enough into it, but I thought that if that's what they were going for, it was done very well.
Posted on May 1, 2013 4:29:50 PM PDT
Just me says:
I have a feeling you have completely the right idea.
Everything DOES happen for a reason & that is almost the crux of the movie.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2013 10:37:03 PM PDT
Hilary Jacobson says:
That's what I believe, because if you analyze the monologue at the beginning of the film, all the reasons to assume "no reason" are actually quite the opposite. There is indeed a reason in nearly each case that is easy to point to, with just a moment of reflection. So the sheriff is saying: "Shut off the part of your brain that exercises critical thinking, and let us have our game with you." It's pretty clear once you face it square on.
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